Chief Edward Conley
197 Main St.
Gloucester , MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Friday, April 19, 2019
Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Gloucester Police Arrest and Charge Man Following Pedestrian Crash Involving Dump Truck
GLOUCESTER — Chief Edward Conley reports that the Gloucester Police Department arrested and charged a man following an incident Friday morning in which he allegedly picked up a woman, with whom he was having a dispute, and carried her into the road in front of an oncoming dump truck.
MICHAEL BAKER, AGE 41, OF BEVERLY was charged with:
- Attempted Murder
- Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, To Whit Motor Vehicle
- Assault and Battery
Gloucester Police and Fire responded at 11 a.m. to a location outside 951 Washington St., in the Lanesville section of the city. Upon arrival, rescuers found that a man, later identified as BAKER, and a woman had been struck by a light-duty dump truck.
BAKER sustained serious injuries, that are not believed to be life threatening. He was taken by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital. The woman sustained injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
A preliminary investigation indicates that during a dispute, BAKER allegedly abruptly picked up the woman and entered the roadway in the path of the truck where they were both struck. The driver remained at the scene and was cooperative with police.
This incident remains under active investigation by the Gloucester Police Department, with assistance from State Police detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS) unit.
As of Friday night, BAKER is expected to be arraigned in Gloucester District Court on Monday.
No further information will be released at this time.
These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.